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PU to have ATM for depositing fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
Panjab University students will no longer need to stand in long queues to deposit fee as talks are on between the State Bank of India (SBI) and the Panjab University authorities to introduce ATM facility for the same.

Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has said the bank has proposed the scheme to facilitate the submission of fee through its ATM branches. The scheme was likely to be implemented in the coming admission session. The university will be the first one in the northern region to introduce such a facility.

In the first phase it will be available to students living in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Hoshiarpur, Ferozpore, Ludhiana and Moga.

Mr S.S. Rahul, Assistant Manager, SBI, said the bank had proposed to provide this facility to the regular students as most of them have their accounts in SBI. He said the bank had decided to open an account with the minimal charges of Rs 500. The bank is also planning to make the facility available to those students who don’t have the account in the SBI.

While submitting their forms the students need to mention a particular code specified for each department through which they could submit fee.



Bhawan Vidyalaya wins quiz
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
The team from Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, won the Verka Genius Challenge quiz held at the Tagore Theatre here today. St John’s students came second.
The third position was won by Guru Nanak Public School, while all six teams shortlisted for the quiz were given consolation prizes.

To begin with, a preliminary round of written test was held. The teams were required to attempt 25 question in 20 minutes which included two audio and two video-based questions.

Six teams, including Manav Mangal High School, Carmel Convent and DC Model School as also the three winning teams, were shortlisted.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr G.S. Babehali, Chairman, Milkfed, said the quiz was not only educative but would also bring the children back from the cola culture.

The Managing Director, Milkfed, said similar contests would be organised in the future. He emphasised that the main objective of Milkfed was to improve the socio-economic conditions of milk producers and meet expectations of the consumers.



From Schools and Colleges
115 students win prizes in vocational contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
As many as 115 students were awarded prizes at the annual prize distribution function for the winners of the 12th and 13th state-level vocational contests held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here yesterday.

The DPI (S), Mr D.S. Mangat, gave away the prizes to the winners of contests in stenography, information technology, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical technology among other vocational subjects.

Mr Mangat said the city was the first to organise these contests to motivate the vocational stream students.

He added the UT Education Department had prepared a video film on vocational education which would be shown to students of Class X to enable them to make up their minds on the courses they want to take up in plus one classes.

School principals make representation: The principals of government schools and officials of the UT Education Department had represented to the Education Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, to appoint a school-cardre Principal on the post of Director, State Institute of Education.

In a letter to the secretary, they said the post should be taken back from the college branch and allotted to the school since it was set up with a view to deal with school-related activities, including in-service training for school teachers, providing academic support to school education, monitoring progress of schools, providing educational and vocational guidance to schoolchildren, among others.

They claimed that in 1992, a college-cadre principal was adjusted against the post even though it had been held by a principal since the SIE was set up in 1961.

They said the claim of school principals had been ignored since then.

They appealed that the post, which fell vacant after Ms Saroj Saini retired on January 31, should now be filled from amongst senior-most school-cadre officers or principals.



Seminar on 'Trading in derivatives'

Chandigarh, February 3
The Postgraduate Department of Commerce, Government College, Sector 46, organised a seminar on "Trading in derivatives" today. Dr A.K. Vashisht, Professor, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, spoke on the subject. Students of M.Com and B.Com participated.

Dr Vashisht was welcomed by Dr Bikramjit Kaur and the vote of thanks was presented by Mr Amarpreet Singh, in charge of the Commerce Department. Principal, Dr A.N. Garg, presided over the function. — TNS



15 schools take part in drawing competition
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 3
Students from more than 15 schools from Mohali participated in an inter-school drawing competition organised at Sanjay Public School, here today.
The aim was to make children aware about their environment.

The children were divided in two categories based on their age. Children showed their concern for environment with their creativity and colours. 



Notices to DC, SSP in land deal case
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar, and the SDM, Mohali, among others in a case filed by a resident of Chilla Manoli village here.

Admitting a petition filed by 85- year-old Pritam Singh, alleging that his land was fraudulently sold by another resident of the village in connivance with the then Naib- Tehsildar, Mohali, a Bench of Chief Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla also issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab through Secretary, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, the SHO Police Station, Sohana, and in charge, CIA, Punjab Police, Kharar, for March 18.

On a complaint of the petitioner an FIR was registered at the Sohana police station on December 12, 2004, against Karamjit Singh, another resident of the village, his uncle and the village’s lambardar Sher Singh, Devinder Gupta and Anand Mohali, both advocates, Sucha Singh, Tehsildar, Mohali, and Harbans Singh.

The case was initially investigated at the Sohana police station and later the inquiry was shifted to CIA staff at Kharar. Not a single arrest was made in the case, alleged the petitioner, adding that the police was protecting the accused.

According to the petition, Karamjit Singh got Pritam Singh’s fictitious general power of attorney executed. Pritam Singh, who can barely see and hear due to old age, alleged that Karamjit Singh took his thumb impressions on a large number of documents on the pretext of filing papers with PUDA.

Karamjit Singh along with Sher Singh allegedly used the power of attorney to sell parts of Pritam Singh’s land. Two qilas were sold first on November 30 to Jaswant Singh and Harbans Singh and then 3 qilas on December 9.



Repercussions of female foeticide highlighted

THE future repercussions of the rampant evil of female foeticide were brought alive in a Punjabi play “Vauhti Nahin Labhni” staged at the Tagore Theatre on Wednesday under the aegis of the Inter-Media Publicity Coordination Committee of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The play written and directed by Jasbir Singh featured Artistes of the office of the Haryana Accountant-General. The play, presented in two acts, dealt with prospective ramifications of the current trend in society to neglect the girl child. The pre-natal determination of sex illegally carried out by nursing homes came under severe attack.

The second part of the play juxtaposes the problems arising out of the imbalance in the sex ratio. The play goes on to predict the situation wherein the parents propose their already married daughters for a fresh marital alliance. Twenty-one actors and a singer Romi Singh provided the playback. Officials from the state Health Department, NABARD and the publicity committee were present. OC



New Releases
‘Black’ — a sensitive sound of silence

‘Khamoshi — The Musical’ heralded the birth of a sensitive new director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He again proved his place among sensitive directors with ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘ Devdas’. This week he is ready to take centrestage with small-budget ‘Black’ starring the Big B and Rani Mukherjee. The film was to have starred Kareena Kapoor until Amitabh Bachchan refused to work with her after the split between Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor. ‘Black’ will be released on Friday at Batra, Chandigarh and Fun Republic, Manimajra.

‘Black’, despite its title, is not about underworld. It explores the relationship between a deaf and dumb girl and her teacher. The film has no big sets, or glorious colours. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit. A perfect showcase for Amitabh and Rani Mukherjee’s histrionics. ‘Black’ has a sensitive storyline and outstanding performances by its main players.

The producers are Applause and Bhansali Productions. Nandana Sen, Sharnaaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor and Dhritiman Chatterjee play supporting roles.


After doing many television shows television Leena Yadav Bajaj has finally moved to Bollywood. Her directorial debut ‘Shabd’ is produced by Pritish Nandy Communications and has Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai in lead roles. ‘Shabd’ opens on Friday at Nirman, Chandigarh, Fun Republic Manimajra and K.C. Palace, Panchkula. It is an intruiging story of a writer and his world of words, his beautiful wife and the complex relationship they share along with the other in their lives. It is an unusual equation between three characters caught in circumstantial situations. Zayed Khan also play important role. The director is upbeat about her debut film ‘Shabd’ which she hopes will touch the audiences hearts.

Irshad Kamil and Vishal Dadlani has penned the lyrics for composers Vishal - Shekhar. But good compositions have been drowned in cacophonous sounds.


Producer Asad Sikandar and director’s Irfan Khan’s ‘Bullet - Ek Dhamaka’ also opens on Friday at K.C. Chandigarh. The film, made under the banner of Diana. S Films has Iqbal Khan, Aseem Merchant, Asad Sikandar, Saadhika, Rosy, Saasha and Natalie Kurgova.

The film is written by Shahid-Salim. Special effects by Leslie and lyrics and music by Anand Raj Anand are major credits. Media Magic are the project consultants of the movie which has been completely shot in Bulgaria. — DP


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